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Journal of Clinical Microbiology – Early edition articles – 12 November 2014


Could police use PERFUME to catch criminals? Forensic experts are building ‘scent profiles’ to narrow down suspects

Daily Mail Richard Gray 13 November 2014

Traces of deodorant, perfume and soap left behind at crime scenes could soon be used by police to help trap criminals.   Forensics experts are building chemical profiles of popular fragrances to help them identify scents left on clothing and items touched by offenders.  Alison Davidson, a researcher at Staffordshire University’s department of forensic and crime science, is leading the work in the hope that it can be used by police forensics teams.

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Wikipedia ‘foresees virus outbreaks’

BBC News 14 November 2014

Wikipedia page views can predict disease outbreaks nearly a month before official health advice, a team of US scientists says.  The Los Alamos National Laboratory team says people are searching online before seeking medical help.

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‘Sad day’ as EU chief scientist axed

BBC News Matt McGrath 13 November 2014

Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA)

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New study finds that Marburg, Ebola edit genetic material during infection

BioPrepWatch 7 November 2014

A study published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society of Microbiology, found that filoviruses such as Ebola edit genetic material upon infection.

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This app promises to read your DNA and give you personalised health advice

ScienceAlert Australia Neha Karl 14 November 2014

Taking care of yourself is about to get a whole lot easier, with the introduction of a new app that gives you personalised health information based on your DNA.

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Australian students have invented a cheap nanosensor to detect Ebola

ScienceAlert Australia Fiona Macdonald 14 November 2014

Undergraduate students have become the first Australians to win the prestigious Harvard Biomod Competition after building a DNA sensor that will be able to quickly detect Ebola and other diseases.

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